On the eve of Barak Obama’s visit to Israel, I was on my way to the press party for foreign journalists. Only I never got to the Begin Center reception,
Approaching Beit Hanasi there were barriers and a large crowd blocking the street.
The #13 bus had to be diverted, but everyone in the neighborhood is expecting that to be the norm for the rest of the week with streets blocked for Obama security.
The barriers were for a Jonathan Pollard protest rally.
“Let Pollard Go” and “YES YOU CAN” banners were held up.
Fox news was on the scene, I sure hope they got a good story.
I was happy to see that I was not the only one missing the party.
Hundreds of welcoming banners were displayed in Hebrew and English.
There were plenty of white hats in the crowd..
but this one black hat seemed to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Natan Sharansky addressed the crowd wearing his usual cap.
The frenzy in crowd was contained, but displayed by many youthful participants.
Hundreds or thousands of people turned out to call for the release of Jonathan Pollard.
Notice how one entrepreneurial ice cream truck had the sense to come too!
Have to love those Jerusalem protest rallies, short on violence, but with plenty of smiling cute girls.
Maybe not the stuff of international news, but great for photo blogs.
Now it is count down time for #ObamaInIsrael.
About the AuthorI lived in the United States, Canada and Australia before moving to Israel in the midst of the Second Lebanon War. For for the last six years, walking the streets of Jerusalem, the scenes I saw every day did not resemble the ones familiar in the Western media. Now I try to share those positive images with the world, what is really happening in Jerusalem, Israel, The Real Jerusalem Streets
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